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The Five-Year Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement

Released 22 June 2012
Director Nicholas Stoller

Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Lauren Weedman, Mimi Kennedy, David Paymer, Jacki Weaver, Jim Paddock, Rhys Ifans, Randall Park, Kevin Hart
Writer(s) Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

Judd Apatow, Rodney Rothman, Nicholas Stoller
Origin United States
Running Time 124 minutes
Genre Comedy, romance
Rating 15A

Five Years too late.

Written by and starring comedic actor du jour Jason Segel, The Five-Year Engagement should have been much better than it is. The lacklustre dialogue and glib humour can't even be saved by the valiant Emily Blunt who out-acts just about everyone in this movie.

Tom (Segel) proposes to Violet (Blunt) a year after meeting at a costume party. Yet despite their enthusiasm for the big day numerous unfortunate and frankly idiotic events force them to delay their walk down the aisle.

Segel has perfected the art of playing a leading man with an incredible reserve of stupidity and vulnerability. He's extremely likeable as the romantic Tom Solomon but his puppy-dog look wears thin quickly and you wonder why the delectable Violet hasn't left him for someone a little more 'together.' The humour isn't anything new hence the tag line above. We're in a post Bridesmaids/Hangover world where the combo of slapstick and the ridiculous reached new heights and The Five-Year Engagement is just too silly too late. There are some funny moments but there are plenty of missed opportunities for hilarity as Mad Men's Alison Brie completely overplays Violet's highly-strung sister Suzie. Violet's social psychology career is a brave play for a movie that knows it doesn't have much weight behind it but it proves a good move as it gives Tom and Violet's relationship a framework which can be analysed without the need for pithy dialogue.

- Louisa McElwee